SSHRC Partnership Grants (PG) provide support to new or existing partnerships for initiatives that advance research, research training, and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities.
Partnership Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight and/or the Connection programs. Partnership Grant proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiatives, however, are expected to respond primarily to the objectives of the SSHRC Talent program.
Partnership Grants follow a two-stage application process. Applicants who are successful in Stage 1 (grants up to $20,000; due February 10) will be invited to apply to Stage 2, to access funding up to $2.5 million over 4 to 7 years. Results for Stage 1 are communicated in June of the application year, and the stage 2 deadline falls in late October. Stage 2 applicants are then given an opportunity to respond to expert panel feedback early in the next year (January or February), with results coming out in April.
For both stages, letters of support are required from partners, along with a host letter from the UBC Vice-President, Research and Innovation. SPARC will facilitate the host letter process (see below).
Stage 2 requires applicants to secure a minimum of 35% matching funds through cash and/or in-kind contributions.
UBC applicants have typically enjoyed success rates at or above national averages for the PG program. Past/Current UBC projects that have received SSHRC PG funding include:
- The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society
- From the Ground Up
- Co-Curricular Making: Honouring Indigenous Connections to Land, Culture, and the Relational Self
December to February
- Read SSHRC's detailed application instructions for the Partnership Grants program
- Develop a plan to secure a minimum of 35% cash or in-kind contributions over and above your requested funding
- Confirm any relevant ORS deadlines for your campus: Vancouver / Okanagan
- Register to take part in a Test Your Concept Panel, hosted by SPARC. Check the SPARC events calendar for full details and to sign up.
- Gather your letters of support from partners; Contact SPARC to access letter templates.
- Consult with SPARC to obtain a letter of support from UBC's Vice-President, Research & Innovation (See Letter of Support procedure document)
- Have your proposal reviewed by SPARC
June to September – Stage 2 applicants only
- Confirm that you will receive an additional 35% minimum additional cash and/or in-kind contributions for the life of the grant
- Compile letters of support from partners to support your stage 2 application funding needs
- Consult with SPARC to obtain a letter of support from UBC's Vice-President, Research & Innovation
- Have your proposal reviewed by SPARC
October – Stage 2 applicants only
January/February – Stage 2 applicants only
- Meet with SPARC to discuss/plan your approach to the written feedback procedure
- Have your written feedback response reviewed by SPARC
Support & Resources
Project & Proposal Development Consultations
SPARC can facilitate during meetings with partners to develop various aspects of your proposal such as:
- partnership and research development strategy;
- project framework and governance structures;
- team, partnership and network building and brainstorming sessions;
- budget and in-kind/cash contributions
SPARC can meet with you or your team to discuss the project, competition, your work plan, timelines or other information to support a successful proposal.
In partnership with UBC's grant facilitation network, SPARC can review your proposal in advance of the time to support your success. See SPARC announcements for submission details in advance of Partnership Grant deadlines.
Partnership Grant Resources
Visit our comprehensive repository of tips, templates and guidelines to support a successful application.
Sample Grant Library
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Research Development Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities
SPARC support services
Dr. Lisa Sundstrom
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Advisor (SSHRC), UBC
Professor, Political Science
Advocacy and advice
UBC's Grant Facilitation Network
Research support personnel based in the faculties
Various grant support